TOMMY HAAS TO REIGNITE RIVALRY WITH FELLOW TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR JAMES BLAKE WHILE JOHN McENROE WILL FACE OFF AGAINST TODD MARTIN IN INVESCO SERIES QQQ LEGENDS EVENT AT 2018 CONNECTICUT OPEN
NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 18, 2018 – Tommy Haas will join James Blake, John McEnroe and Todd Martin in the Invesco Legends New Haven event – the circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30 – at the 2018 Connecticut Open, to be held August 17-25, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, it was announced today by Tournament Director Anne Worcester.
The Connecticut Open Men’s Legends Event, which began four years ago, is an official part of the 2018 Invesco Series QQQ champions tennis circuit. On Thursday, August 23, following the women’s quarterfinal, Invesco Legends newcomer Haas will play Blake in a clash of Tournament Directors and familiar foes, while McEnroe will play Martin on Friday, August 24 after the women’s semi-final. The winners of each matchup will compete in a final on Friday night.
BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director Haas, who officially retired during an Indian Wells ceremony last month, was the silver medallist at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, losing a five-set gold medal match to Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov. He achieved a career-high ranking of No. 2 and reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 1999, 2002 and 2007 and Wimbledon in 2009. He won 15 career singles title in his career, including the title in Halle in his native Germany in 2012, defeating Roger Federer in the final.
Blake is a two-time Connecticut Open Champion, earning 10 singles and seven doubles titles on the ATP World Tour and reaching a career-high ranking of No.4. The Fairfield Connecticut native – now Tournament Director at the Miami Open – returns to play in the Legends event for the fourth consecutive year and leads the ATP head-to-head against Haas 3-2.
“I have great memories of playing in the City of New Haven, and I look forward to coming back and participating in the Invesco Legends at the Connecticut Open,” said Haas, who won the Charleston Legends event on his debut two weeks ago. “Unfortunately, I remember a three-set loss to James on his home turf back in 2005 so I’ll certainly be hoping to reverse that result on Thursday night in front of the great fans at the The Connecticut Tennis Center.”
McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles and nine-time Grand Slam Doubles Champion, will be returning to New Haven for the third time. McEnroe boasts more than 150 singles and doubles championships in his career and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999. Martin, currently CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, will be returning to the Invesco Series QQQ for the first time since 2015. Martin made the finals of the Australian Open (1994) and US Open (1999), and won eight singles titles in his career. Martin was a member of the US team that won the Davis Cup in 1995, beating Russian 3-2 in the final.
“The Legends Event is always a fan favorite at the Connecticut Open and we are excited to bring some of the most entertaining players in the history of the game to New Haven each year,” said Worcester. “We are so pleased to have John McEnroe back in 2018 and to get Todd Martin back competing for the first time since 2015. James Blake, our finalist last year, remains as popular as ever here and we can’t wait to see him take to the court against a friend and rival in Tommy Haas. The Invesco Legends lineup this year is a fantastic clash of two generations and we are intrigued to see who comes out on top.”
For a limited time only, tickets for the Invesco Legends event are available with 25% off select seats in bronze, silver, gold, platinum and front row price levels for Sessions 9 and 11 (Thursday night and Friday night only) using the code CO18LEGENDS. Sale runs through 6pm tomorrow (Thursday, April 19) at http://bit.ly/CTOpentix
Fans can guarantee the best savings to the Invesco Legends matches by purchasing a weeklong or multiple session package. 2018 Connecticut Open ticket options include:
After Hours (Aug. 20-25) – Every evening session, including all Legends matches, and Saturday afternoon (WTA Finals)
Final 4 (Aug. 23-25) – Thursday evening (WTA Quarterfinal/Legends), Friday day and evening (WTA Semifinal/Legends), and Saturday (WTA Finals)
Pick 4 (Aug. 19-23) – Choice of four early round sessions including Thursday evening (WTA Quarterfinal/Legends)
For those looking to see all 14 sessions of incredible women’s tennis plus both Legends nights, weeklong box seats are available and provide significant savings and a host of exclusive benefits.
For more information about the 2018 Connecticut Open, including multi-session packages, weeklong box seats, sponsorship packages, hospitality and becoming a volunteer, visit www.ctopen.org or call 203-776-7331. Daily tickets for the tournament will be on sale starting the week of June 11.
About Connecticut Open
The Connecticut Open is a WTA tournament held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale featuring a 30-player singles main draw, a 48-player qualifying draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $799,000. The 2017 title was won by Australia’s Daria Gavrilova, who collected her maiden WTA trophy as the tournament celebrated 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven. Past champions include Steffi Graf, Lindsay Davenport (2 titles), Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams (4), Justine Henin, Caroline Wozniacki (4) and Petra Kvitova (3). As a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization, the Connecticut Open’s mission is to leverage the excitement of world-class women’s tennis to benefit the local community and maximize support for women’s, youth and other causes. The tournament also generates $10 million in regional economic impact. The Connecticut Open is prominently featured domestically through 50 hours on ESPN2 and ESPN3 and is also broadcast internationally by WTA Media in 158 countries. In 2017, the global audience reached nearly 12 million viewers. For more details and tickets, visit www.ctopen.org or call 1-855-464-8366
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